In the process of implementing ISO registered products. The manufacture of food, beverages and pharmaceuticals adds an extra level of complexity due to the strict food safety regulations that govern the industry. Food Grade Lubricants must therefore be used in place of standard lubricants to facilitate the auditing requirements of the seller and to provide safety for the consumer. For many years, NSF H1 accreditation was accepted as the standard indication of food safe lubricants, this is an honour system and is unaudited.
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In the process of implementing ISO registered products. The manufacture of food, beverages and pharmaceuticals adds an extra level of complexity due to the strict food safety regulations that govern the industry.
Food Grade Lubricants must therefore be used in place of standard lubricants to facilitate the auditing requirements of the seller and to provide safety for the consumer. For many years, NSF H1 accreditation was accepted as the standard indication of food safe lubricants, this is an honour system and is unaudited. Developments in the field have now led to a more thorough process to ensure safety in the high risk sector of food and drink manufacturing. ISO is the highest accolade that a food grade lubricant manufacturer can achieve.
It proves that a lubricant is manufactured in a hygienic environment, using both best practices and the safest ingredients. It is an independent, non-profit making organisation providing product certification. It is dedicated to being a global leader in public health and safety-based risk management.
FDA Listed Ingredients The first step on the way to ensuring that a lubricant is suitable for ISO accreditation is to select ingredients that are food safe during initial development. The U. This ensures that only safe levels of any ingredient are contained within an NSF accredited lubricant. Once complete, the formulation is submitted to the NSF for assessment against the H1 standard. It certifies that the product has been formulated from FDA approved ingredients but does not regulate the manufacturing process and relies on the honesty of the manufacturer.
H1 lubricants are suitable for use on food processing equipment in areas where there is potential for the exposure of the lubricant to food or its packaging.
Typical applications of H1 lubricants are the lubrication of machine parts and corrosion inhibition. In order to receive the NSF H1 accreditation and be authorised for use where incidental food contact may occur, a lubricant must meet the category requirements that cover the formulation of the product, its labelling and a review of the proposed end-use.
In addition to the requirements for H1, ISO accredited lubricant manufacturers must go through an unannounced annual auditing process to ensure that all products are made to strict hygiene standards, using good manufacturing practices. Any manufacturer applying for certification will need to go through the four stage process detailed below.
Certification will not be given until all criteria for each phase has been met. Product Formulation Review The formulation review for ISO is used to make sure that all the component ingredients of a food grade lubricant meet the desired standard and criteria for certification.
Testing Thorough external product testing is conducted annually in order to ensure that conformance to the requirements of ISO remains up to date and consistent. Risk Assessment Risk assessments must be carried out to ensure that all potential hazards within the manufacturing process are identified. Production Facility Audit Manufacturing site audits are carried out allowing the NSF to confirm that all the criteria for accreditation are met.
Once the four stage process has been completed to the satisfaction of the NSF then the certification is awarded and the lubricant packaging is authorised to display the ISO NSF Certification Mark. Who does it affect and why? The positive effects of ISO are felt by many stakeholders: Lubricants manufacturers seek ISO accreditation as the highest accolade that can prove their suitability for food grade applications.
Auditors are reassured by the presence of accreditation as it allows full traceability of the lubricant manufacturing process. Food manufacturers prevent contamination of their products and reduce waste whilst supplying safe products to major supermarkets and other distributors. Major supermarkets audit the food manufacturers that they deal with in order to manage and reduce the risks to their customers. Supermarkets are also increasingly insisting that their suppliers use lubricants that do not contain mineral hydrocarbons.
Consumers are protected against the possibility of eating a product which is tainted with hazardous material. Once ISO certification is achieved it proves that a lubricant is manufactured in a hygienic environment, using both best practices and the safest ingredients.
End-users benefit from assurance through third-party process audits and product analysis that the ISO compliant lubricants will consistently meet food safety requirements. In , the Global Food Safety Initiative was formed to define food safety requirements along the entire food supply chain. Then, in , the U. Food and Drug Administration FDA implemented the Food Safety Modernization Act, which shifted the focus from responding to food contamination problems to preventing them. In the intervening years, the NSF itself introduced numerous plant audit and certification processes, culminating in the introduction of the ISO standard in The ISO standard is voluntarily implemented by lubricant manufacturers who care to do so. The Ingredients of the NSF ISO Lubricant Standard In general, food-grade lubricants perform typical lubricant functions: reducing wear, friction, corrosion, oxidation and heat buildup.
What is ISO 21469 certification?
In the United States, lubricants intended for use in food production are registered with the National Sanitation Foundation NSF as either H1, H2 or H3, depending on the intended application and formulation. This relates to applications where it is possible for the lubricant to touch the product food, beverage, pharmaceutical, etc. Recently, a new terminology has entered the vernacular of food-grade lubricants: ISO certification. ISO is not a new standard; in fact, it came into effect in February Like many voluntary standards, it has taken a while for mainstream adoption. However, a number of major suppliers of food-grade lubricants recently have been successful in obtaining ISO certification, which is why the timing for an article such as this is now appropriate. It does not cover the NSF H3 category of lubricants where product contact is inevitable e.
ISO 21469 Certification for Lubricants
Open How does NSF handle white mineral oil registration? This authorization requires the manufacturer to 1 certify that the formulation of the original white oil and the rebranded product are identical; and 2 agree to notify NSF if the product formula changes or becomes unavailable. In following this practice, this authorization for rebranding of white oils has been handled in a manner identical to the way multi-ingredient formulations are handled. Through recent discussions with key personnel in the lubricants industry and in evaluating the benefit of applying this authorization practice for single ingredient white mineral oils, NSF has decided to streamline its review practice and will now evaluate white mineral oil CAS as a single ingredient, not a formulation subject to the authorization process. This means that the re-branding company may apply for registration independently, without the approval of the white mineral oil manufacturer. The re-branding company will be responsible for confirming the applicable regulatory references and ensuring all other NSF Registration requirements are met.
What You Need to Know About ISO 21469 and Food Safety